I didn't pocket '$6m gift' for EC before 2016 elections - Kwakye Ofosu

I didn't pocket '$6m gift' for EC before 2016 elections - Kwakye Ofosu

- Felix Kwakye Ofosu has reacted to suggestions that he pocketed half of a '12 million dollar gift' he was supposed to give to the Electoral Commission on behalf of the Mahama administration before the 2016 elections

- Kwakye Ofosu has described the suggestions as utter nonsense because no such money was ever given him before, during or after the elections to be given to the EC

- The suggestions came up in the leaked audio of a private conversation of an EC Commissioner who was making allegations against Charlotte Osei

A former Deputy Minister of Communication, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, has denied claims that he kept for himself part of money purportedly meant for members of the Electoral Commission (EC) as 'a gift'.

According to him, the claims were “complete and utter nonsense.”

There is a leaked audio circulating on social in which a female voice believed to that of Pauline Adobea Dzadzawa, a member of the Electoral Commission allegedly made allegations against the Chairperson, Charlotte Osei.

Key among the allegations was the one that Charlotte Osei had pocketed $6 million 'gift' the NDC government of John Mahama had given to the commission prior to the 2016 elections.

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According to her, sources suggested that the money was actually $12 million but Kwakye Ofosu who brought the money only released half to Charlotte Osei who also refused to give the staff of the EC.

"...Normally whichever government is in power, not necessarily before elections, it can even be after elections, they come and say thank you, Kufuor did it, small, normally it is not much."

She continued: "So this one, you know NDC people they are more generous when it comes to that, as for NPP people they are mean when it comes to that.

According to sources, they gave Felix Ofosu Kwakye $12 million to come and give to the Commission [to be shared among seven Commission members and staff of the EC].

"When Ofosu Kwakye, according to sources, also sensed that they are likely to lose, he took half of the money and went and gave …half $6 million and he took everything," Mrs Dzadzawa claimed.

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But the former Deputy Minister in response to the audio that’s circulating, said “Folks, ignore the claims made by one Pauline Dadzawa, said to be one of the Commissioners at the Electoral Commission, that I kept part of money meant to be given to members of the Electoral Commission to influence the outcome of the 2016 elections.”

"At no point before, during or after that election was I given any money to give to anyone at the Electoral Commission. It is a matter of regret that a senior official of such an important body will find it necessary to dabble in such petty and irresponsible gossip and in the process harm the reputations of innocent persons.

"She should be aware that her conduct makes her subject to any legal action I may consider," he added in a statement on Facebook.

Kwakye Ofosu's statement also addressed rumours to the effect that former President Jerry John Rawlings had said he [Kwakye Ofosu] had purchased two mansions after the 2016 elections.

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“I have also noted that some NPP lickspittles, most of whom are paid with your taxes to churn out outright lies about opponents from the Presidency , have sought to create the impression that Mr Rawlings mentioned my name when making claims that someone purchased two mansions at East Legon shortly after the 2016 elections, in his speech at this year’s June 4th event.

"Nowhere in Mr Rawlings’ speech did he mention my name," he said.

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